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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

jittles Re:Since these people still don't get it.... (74 comments)

My point is that you can't depend on the language to protect you. I'm not saying you should ignore good technology choices because you know better than those crazy compiler people. But I do not believe that it is possible to create something that is completely unhackable. Perhaps you can create something that is non-trivial to exploit, or that is unexploitable using known techniques, but that doesn't mean that you can create a software/hardware combination that is completely foolproof. There will always be risk associated with any device that is network accessible.

6 hours ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

jittles Re:A few things... (289 comments)

Isn't galosh a shoe? I think you meant goulash...but not entirely sure...

I think he meant gulag. The AC has no retirement plan, and so was planning to retire to "Club Fed" so to speak.

7 hours ago
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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

jittles Re:Secure it but.... (74 comments)

Tattoos can be damaged or destroyed. People can get your password when they video tape you undressing at a department store changing room, or even by implanting hidden cameras in your home. But I supposed if someone went to those efforts to get your pacemaker password, they would find some way to kill you.

7 hours ago
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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

jittles Re:Since these people still don't get it.... (74 comments)

Anything computerized with a network connection can (and most likely WILL) be hacked...

Not if you take appropriate precautions, like using a safe programming language.

Last I checked, programming languages are designed and implemented by human beings. Even if a programming language can decrease your attack surface, there could still be an exploit associated with the interpreter/compiler or a mistake in implementation of the language. When an omniscient being develops your language and its corresponding dev tools, I would say you may have a meaningful point.

7 hours ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

jittles Re:Still have to install (112 comments)

And if you already have third party apps enabled for some reason?

yesterday
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

jittles Re:All about perception (200 comments)

I agree with you. Just wanted to say that it is natural for men and women to have different strengths and weaknesses (I mean this in a general way). I think it's a good thing. The real key is how they are treated, and how they treat others. Equality is a two way street. Men and women both need to accept that they, as individuals, have weaknesses and strengths and just get on with enjoying life.

2 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

jittles Re:All about perception (200 comments)

I would argue that women are genetically predisposed to perform some tasks better than men, while the same is true for men as well. I know none of my girlfriends ever got me pregnant, or even given me a pregnancy scare!

2 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

jittles Re:First taste of Mac OS X (303 comments)

It's a shame they differ. But let's face it, actually having Foo.bar and foo.bar, or worse still Foo.bar and Foo.BAR in the same directory is a silly thing to do.

I agree that it is not a best practice, but I have dealt with this issue before. Usually caused by someone who doesn't realize that they're dealing with a case-sensitive filesystem.

5 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

jittles Re:Interesting they keep doing lengthly reviews... (303 comments)

Downgrading an OS by a major version is asking to break it. The upgrade scripts will normally change various datafile formats and contents. That's not a reversible process unless there are equivalent scripts to go the other way. And what OS developer is going to put the same development and testing effort into going backwards?

Thats not to say that you can't in GNU/Linux. GNU/Linux lets you tinker with most things. But it generally offers no protection from breaking everything when you do so.

Of course the right thing to do regardless of platform is to make sure you do a complete backup before upgrading, so you can go back to that if you want to.

Go ahead and try to wipe the entire drive and then install an older version of MacOS. Put in a new drive and try to install an older version. They change something - I don't know if its in the SMC or something, but it will give you an error. I do not mean downgrading the OS on top of an existing install. I mean a fresh install of an older OS.

5 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

jittles Re:First taste of Mac OS X (303 comments)

My Mac has been set up to be case insensitive. LS, GrEp, cAT, TAIl all behave as if they had been typed lowercase.

So? Why is this an issue?

Linux filesystems are, by default, case sensitive. I can have Foo.bar and foo.bar in the same directory. If my source control is set up properly, I can see and work with both files properly on Linux but not on Mac OS. You can use a case-sensitive filesystem in MacOS, but last time I tried the OS itself was very buggy and unpredictable when dealing with files. Perhaps this has been fixed since 10.8, I don't know, but the general rule of thumb is to NOT use a case-sensitive FS on MacOS.

5 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

jittles Re:Interesting they keep doing lengthly reviews... (303 comments)

These Ars OSX reviews have always been really impressive things, full of technical examination and as you can see, very long to write...

It made more sense to me back when you had to pay for an upgrade though, so you could see if it was worth getting. Now that it's free, the need for long technical examination seems to diminish...

That said I hope they keep doing them because it is nice to have a deep technical examination of what is new.

Apple makes it very difficult for the average person to downgrade after you upgrade OS. If you try and run, for instance, the Mavericks installer after having upgraded to Yosemite, it will fail and tell you to install a newer version of OS X. There may or may not be a way around this, I've never tried.

5 days ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

jittles Re:Just think (183 comments)

Good point. Now we need to exert the same pressure on Google for Android support for external devices and regular-ass USB storage device mode for connecting Android devices to hosts.

Google started requiring Android File Transfer for connecting Android devices so that the phone would not need to unmount the drive before allowing the host to mount it. I'm sure they could have come up with a better, more native adaptation to this, but it is what it is.

about a week ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

jittles Re:Contact tracing the second nurse (381 comments)

You cannot prevent an American citizen from returning home. However, a mandatory, no exceptions 60 day quarantine would have worked (60 days from departure of affected country).

Who is going to pay for that, the traveler? And do you realize that the absolute longest it would take to diagnose someone with Ebola is only 20 days from exposure? So why keep them quarantined for an additional 40 days? Perhaps you should do some research on the illnesses in question before you start suggesting solutions to prevent its spread?

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

jittles Re:lost password process as an attack vector (546 comments)

Even with the best password, memorized or securely stored doesn't protect you against a password recovery process that's improperly engineered. Often an institution, even a BANK, will give you as a recovery password a choice from perhaps six possibilities, any of which can be divined from publicly available information or a little social engineering. Your password may be q4ot38yhewa;okl, but your password recovery phrase will be the street you lived on in high school or the name of your first dog. This is not secure.

No one says you have to be honest about these answers. I never put the correct answer for those questions, but have a list of fake answers that vary based on the question. Granted, if someone were to figure out one of my fake answers, they may be able to reuse that on another site, but at least they can't log into ancestry.com or look on something like an intellisus report to get my info!

about a week ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

jittles Re:hanger vs hangar (48 comments)

http://grammarist.com/usage/ha...

How does one get the job of "editor" exactly?

It's only two more steps than those required to get an insightful post on Slashdot:

1. Forget Everything you know
2. Loudly opine on everything you think you know
3. Sensationalize everything
4. ????
5. Profit

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

jittles Re:Better Data Shouldn't Be That Hard (403 comments)

Not going to happen unless it's legislated. You can't trust the calculation given by the cars, and the automakers absolutely do not want every car to track this since they leave themselves open to lawsuits when the numbers don't meet whatever was advertised. For example, the readout on my car gives L/100km but it's rounded to the whole number! So it's useless even if it was accurate because the precision is gone.

The real issue here is that those numbers depend entirely on how the end user drives the car anyway. I used to own a Subaru Legacy GT LTD, with a turbo. The stock 0-60 time was 4.9 seconds. It could take off in a hurry. When I felt like being a bit on the sporty side, I would often get an abysmal 14-15MPG. If I were feeling a bit more conservative, I could easily get 24MPG in the same conditions. If I drove especially fast on the highway, I would get 21MPG. If I drove conservatively, I could get 28MPG. So you can't just use real world numbers because those can be fudged just as easily.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

jittles Re:Are you even listening to yourself? (554 comments)

Just to run the OS requires 1GB of ram? ...and I'm meant to be impressed with how "small" this is?

No. To run the OS and do anything meaningful with it, you need at least 1GB of RAM. If they listed minimum requirements of 1GB and that was strictly for the OS, you would not be able to do anything useful with the computer if you had the minimum specs.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

jittles Re:Idiot (942 comments)

The big issue is when you get to "1 cup of flour" or "1 cup of butter" - things that are much more easily measured by mass,

1 cup of flour is trivially measured by volume: Just grab the "1 cup" cup from your set of measuring cups, scoop up flour from your storage container, level. You're done. If you're using measuring cups, you can make a batch of cookie dough without using a scale or having to look at the actual measurement.

US recipes usually don't use "cups" of butter, they use "sticks" of butter. If you live where butter isn't sold in US sticks (113.4 grams), you're screwed.

You're so wrong. Some recipes require sifted flour. Some recipes expect you to pack that flower in nice and tight. It depends on how precise they need you to be with the flour. You can completely ruin a meal by not sifting your flour when called for. The volume in your measuring cup depends on exactly how much air is between each individual flour molecule.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

jittles Re:Right now, Obj-C (316 comments)

A lot of comments here saying how Obj-C is "ugly", and so forth. I wonder how many commenters are actually using it to any great extent, on a day-to-day basis, rather than have just looked at it out of curiosity for five minutes?

I write in Obj-C every work day and I do think its ugly. The function syntax with crazy long names gets tiresome. If there were no tab complete, Obj-C would be one of the most time consuming languages to write in. I also wish that I could have things like pure virtual functions instead of or in addition to protocols. I also wish that I could make properties protected instead of either public or private. It's not the ugliest language, but it's not my favorite.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

jittles Re:Unfortunately (179 comments)

Hmm I may have misinterpreted what you mean, if you were talking about having a report automatically generated for you. But if you expect all of your direct reports to write you a report when you could just as easily generate a report yourself... well that's just a waste.

about a month ago

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